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Assessing climate risks across different businesses and industries: an investigation of methodological challenges at national scale for the UK

Surminski, Swenja, Di Mauro, Manuela, Baglee, Alastair, Connell, Richenda, Hankinson, Joel, Haworth, Anna, Ingirige, Bingunath and Proverbs, David (2018) Assessing climate risks across different businesses and industries: an investigation of methodological challenges at national scale for the UK. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 376 (2121). ISSN 1364-503X

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Identification Number: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0307

Abstract

Climate change poses severe risks for businesses, which companies as well as governments need to understand in order to take appropriate steps to mitigate their effects. This however represents a significant challenge as climate change risk assessment is itself a complex, dynamic and geographically diverse process. Risks to businesses are further complicated by aspects such as the nature of the value chain creation, the location of the business and relationships and interdependencies with customers and suppliers. This research explores these methodological challenges for a national-scale assessment of climate risks through the lens of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (UKCCRA) process and compares the approaches adopted in the first and second UKCCRA (2011, 2016), while also reflecting on international experiences elsewhere. A desk-based review of these issues is presented, drawing on a wide body of contemporary evidence from a range of sources including the research disciplines, grey literature and government policy. The study reveals the methodological challenges and highlights six broad themes, namely scale, evidence base, adaptation responses, scope, interdependencies, and public policy. The paper concludes by identifying suitable lessons for future national climate risk assessments, which should guide the next phase of research in preparation for UKCCRA3.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Royal Society
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:21
Projects: ES/K006576/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87372

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